Michael Owen Now Claims He Loved It At Newcastle – Who Wouldn’t After Earning A Fortune In Return For So Little?
Yet again Michael Owen has raised his head above the parapet and this time he is on some sort of a feeble charm offensive.
Via the Evening Chronicle he has put out the following;
A lot of negativity came out and the bandwagon rolled on; whenever I say anything decent nobody wants to write it.
So I mean it when I say it was an enjoyable for me.”
Well obviously earning fortunes in exchange for precious little is a dream come true for a mercenary like Owen but only three months ago he wasn’t exactly talking positively about Newcastle;
This is part of our article on March 23rd 2013
“Newcastle fans, following my Football Focus interview, plenty of you tweeting me saying you don’t blame me for getting injured but for leaving when we got relegated. Despite the club saying they did, they didn’t ever offer me a new contract despite them putting it in the press that they did. How could they when they had just been relegated? It would have been financial suicide. I’ve seen it a million times, a club will blatantly lie to their fans to take the moral high ground leaving the player with no leg to stand on. I’ve taken the stick for years which is fine but you really don’t know half of it. All will be revealed one day.”
He may well be right when he says he was never offered a new contract but it is his comment about how if they had it would have been ‘financial suicide’ that intrigues me.
So why would it have been financial suicide Michael?
Well because not for one second would you have held your hands up and said that seen as you’d got us relegated you would have done everything possible to get us back up, including a big drop in pay to show how much you cared….
This piece was then followed only hours later by the following humiliating climbdown by Michael Owen who had to admit he’d lied about not being offered a contract by Newcastle;
“Just to clarify. My tweet yesterday referred to no contract offer after Newcastle relegation. Which I said was understandable. Newcastle did make me an offer to extend in 2008 when Joe Kinnear was manager. Apologies to the club if there has been any confusion.
I just didn’t want the fans to think I had deserted the club after relegation. I didn’t.”
Well as all of us know, there are two things that mattered above all else in your football life and they were England and Michael Owen. At Newcastle the only real drive was being fir for England and as we say above, if he’d really cared and had integrity he would have taken a massive pay cut (or paid us!) to stay and help Newcastle and the fans bounce back.
Instead he jumped ship to sit on Manchester United’s bench, rather than take a pay cut and help to sort out a real mess at St.James’ Park that he was a key figure in creating.
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